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Thursday Round-Up: Picks And Predictions For Week 11 Matchup With Arizona Cardinals

Local and national media make their picks as the Seahawks to take on the Cardinals at newly minted Lumen Field in primetime.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, November 19 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Picks and Predictions for 'Thursday Night Football' Matchup Against Arizona Cardinals

The Seahawks (6-3) will look to regain first place in the NFC West tonight as they face the Arizona Cardinals (6-3) in primetime on Thursday Night Football. This will be the first game played at Lumen Field, formerly known as CenturyLink Field. The team announced the name change earlier this morning. Kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m. PT with the game airing on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

The Seattle Times sports writers were split on this one, with Bob Condotta and Matt Calkins taking the Seahawks, and Adam Jude and Larry Stone going with the Cardinals.

Here's what Condotta had to say in predicting the Hawks to win, 31-27: "This isn't quite a make-or-break game for the Seahawks with the soft schedule that lies ahead. But for the first time this year, it feels like a game Seattle had better really win, which is why I think they will. The injuries are concerning, to be sure, and the Cardinals are surging with Murray playing at a really high level. But it's hard to imagine Wilson continuing to struggle the way he has the last few weeks."

With the two teams appearing to be headed in opposite directions and key injuries plaguing the Seahawks, Stone likes the Cardinals by a score of 34-27. "The Cardinals are coming off one of the most thrilling wins of the season for any team," he said. "The Seahawks are coming off one of their most dispiriting losses. The Cardinals have won four of their last five (including an overtime victory over Seattle) while the Seahawks have lost three of their last four. Seattle still has major injury concerns, as well as a slumping quarterback. I expect Russell Wilson to revert to form, but it won't be enough."’s Gregg Rosenthal likes Seattle to bounce back in tonight’s game, choosing the Hawks to win 30-26: "Russell Wilson's slide in the MVP campaign polls started in Arizona, where Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph sent waves of pressure that the Seahawks haven't found answers for since. With help from a running game that's getting healthier for this rematch, Wilson is too good and the Seahawks have too much big-game experience to crater against a flawed, banged-up Arizona defense."

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco likes the Cardinals to win the rematch by a score of 34-31 behind Kyler Murray's ability to exploit a shaky Seattle defense: "The Cardinals beat the Seahawks in overtime a few weeks back when Russell Wilson turned it over three times," Prisco wrote. "The Seattle defense has major issues, which is why I think Kyler Murray can win a high-scoring road game. The Arizona defense is a little better, and that's the difference."

Bill Bender of Sporting News likes the Seahawks to win in a close one, 30-24: "The Cardinals won a 37-34 thriller in the first meeting and are coming off an emotional Hail Mary victory against the Bills. Russell Wilson needs to clean up the turnovers after throwing for seven interceptions the last four weeks – a stretch that includes three losses. Seattle gets the rematch, but it's close."

The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman chose the Cardinals in his picks against the spread: "The X-factor may be which version of Seattle's offense shows up: the one from the first five games of the season when Russell Wilson appeared to be running away with the Most Valuable Player Award, or the one from the last few weeks in which Wilson has thrown seven interceptions over four games," he said. "The Seahawks are 4-0 at home — even without the home-field advantage of Seattle's raucous fans — but this is the biggest test they've gotten there. If Arizona is at its best, this could be the game in which the Cardinals take control of the West. Pick: Cardinals +3."

Five of six Bleacher Report writers also like the Cardinals’ +3 betting line with the expectation of another close game between the two teams. "Only Wilson has more combined passing and rushing touchdowns (29) than Murray (27) this season, but the former has thrown seven interceptions in his last four games while the latter has a 108.8 passer rating, 417 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns (compared to three picks) in his last six starts," their staff wrote. "And even if the Cardinals come down from a Week 10 buzz on the road on short rest, you'd have to think this game ... will be decided by three or fewer points. So take 'em here. Score Prediction: Cardinals 30, Seahawks 27."

The Sports Illustrated MMQB staff were also split on the matchup, with Andrew Brandt, Gary Grambling and Jenny Ventras going with the Seahawks.

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